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Peanut Butter Banana Protein Overnight Oats

Peanut Butter Banana Protein Overnight Oats

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Let’s talk about protein.

There’s typically a lot of question around getting protein from eating plants. Surprisingly, there are a lot of ways to get protein from lots of plants! The list is long and it includes seeds, beans, lentils, spinach, nuts, oats, and so much more!

My husband has been requesting that I add a protein powder to his oats. I needed a protein powder that wouldn’t give his oats a bad flavor and one also that had a little less junk than the rest. So basically a ground nut or seed or something of the like. I have used hemp powder and that tends to work. I also noticed a lot of plant based protein powders contained pea protein, but lots of other things as well. And then I found several powders that were just plain, unsweetened pea protein powder. There were also a few that were vanilla or chocolate flavored. I went with Bob’s Red Mill’s version which boasted 21 grams of protein per serving. Not bad, huh?

So then I had to test it. It definitely altered the taste of the oats a bit, so I had to play around with the amount so that there wasn’t a bitterness to the recipes. I also knew I was adding them to oats that would have most likely chia seeds and some sort of nut or seed butter so the protein was still going to be high even with just a smaller amount of the powder. I came to the conclusion that 1/2 – 1 tablespoon seemed to be the sweet spot. Anytime I put anymore than 1 T, it was certainly noticed and I was met with complaints. Even 1 tablespoon, though it seems small, adds about 7 grams of protein. We will take it!

So this recipe has about 20 grams of plant protein. Boom. That’s a win for sure! Give it a shot and let me know what you think. If you find a powder you prefer, I am open for suggestions so let me know!


5 from 1 vote
Peanut Butter Banana Protein Overnight Oats
Prep Time
5 mins
Servings: 1
  • 1/2 c rolled oats regular or gluten free
  • 1/2 small to medium banana sliced
  • 2/3 c unsweetened almond milk or milk of choice
  • 1/2 T chia seeds
  • 1/2 - 1 T pea protein powder or hemp powder or desired protein powder
  • 1/2 - 1 T natural creamy peanut butter or any other nut or seed butter
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 - 3 tsp pure maple syrup
  • dash of sea salt
  1. Combine all ingredients into a small jar or any container that can be sealed.
  2. Stir well to combine.
  3. Cover and refrigerate overnight or at least for about 4 hours.
  4. Eat chilled or warmed up and garnish with an extra drizzle of peanut butter and some banana slices if desired.

Peanut Butter and Banana Protein Overnight Oats are the perfect simple healthy breakfast. This protein packed ready to go breakfast will keep you going all morning! #overnightoats #oats #oatmeal #breakfast #mealprep #peanutbutter #banana

25 thoughts on “Peanut Butter Banana Protein Overnight Oats”

  • Hi Lorie!

    I’m a new reader and completely obsessed with your site! Why didn’t I find you sooner??
    Your recipes are inspiring and are exactly what I look for in terms of how I like to cook and eat!
    And your recipes are ALL amazing which I’ve never really run across, where I love each and every recipe, so just want to say kudos for such a fabulous site! You’re doing a great job! N keep up the good work 🙂

    • Hi Nita! This was the BEST thing to wake up to this morning! Thanks so much for the kind words. I’m so glad you love the site. Let me know how the recipes go and thanks again! ?

    • Hi Kim! You could easily skip it. My husband was looking for a higher protein Oatmeal and I went with the most real food protein powder. You could add some flax if you wanted but certainly should be just fine without!

    • Hi Sunni! You don’t need to cook the Oats first. That’s the beauty of Overnight Oats. The soaking of the oats is what does the trick. Enjoy!

  • This is amazing!!! Overnight oats are so easy to make and you an enjoy healthy breakfast in the morning. Plenty of fibre and protein and of course tasty. I really like combination of banana and peanut butter

    • Hey Gail! Steel Cut Oats work, they just tend to be a bit more crunchy/chewy but some of my favorite bloggers prefer the steel cut so have at it!

    • Hi Bree! You can absolutely leave the chia seeds out! Lessen the milk by maybe a tablespoon as the chia seeds absorb a lot of milk. Enjoy!

  • I do not follow, or LIKE sites. I DID YOURS !!!
    I really need nutrition facts on these wonderful dishes.
    I’m diabetic and I have to keep up with this.
    I may be just not seeing the nutrition facts, and they are there ???/

    • Hi Denise! This means so much to me! So glad you are here! For my own former food issues I never count calories or anything like that. However, if you copy and paste the ingredients into any online counter, you can get all the info. I believe My Fitness Pal has a good one. Thanks so much again!

  • Hi, Lorie. I’m going to try your recipe, but I’d like to know why you add salt to it. Adding salt can be a problem for some people with high blood pressure.

    • Hi there! By all means skip it for sure! Iodized salt is typically the issue but the body does need a small amount of salt. When you aren’t eating processed foods, adding it in is beneficial. But you won’t miss it if you leave it out! Hope you enjoy them!

  • So pretty & so tasty: this has been pinned!
    If you’re looking to disguise protein powder flavors in the recipe (as mentioned) you might also try blending the oatmeal (with all ingredients included) after over-night-ing it. It makes a ‘soft serve’ type spoon-able texture that a lot of people feel is nice. If you threw in the whole banana, you’d end up with PB+Banana flavored chia oat breakfast. (More banana=more flavor fighting power if the protein’s not too tasty) Plus, a tad of texture variety can be fun with a recipe as tasty as this.

    • Hi there! Sorry for the delay in responding Leanne. Due to my history with obsessing over the numbers, I don’t calculate the numbers like calories and what not. A lot of my readers who do just plug the ingredients into an app or site that will then calculate it. Hope that helps!

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